Review: Chrome Sparks is Brooklyn based Jeremy Malvin who presents the first track from his debut album forthcoming on Counter Records. Inspired by a background in classical percussion and an obsession with synthesizers, Malvin creates dazed, melodic beat-centric tunes that loosely hang between down-tempo head nodders and up-tempo club "angers. "I Just Wanna" is an irresistible serving of pop-inflected, bass driven electronica awash in squeaky synths, ethereal pads and immaculate rhythm arrangements.
Review: Ninja Tune offshoot Counter Records usually has its' finger on the pulse, so it's little surprise to see that they've snapped up fast-rising beat-maker Fakear. Animal is his second full-length, and first since self-released 2012 debut Washin' Machine, and neatly encapsulates what's best about the producer's hard-to-define work. Built on manipulated vocal samples, off-kilter outsider house rhythms, melodious synthesizer work and folksy instrumentation (sultry strings, banjo and acoustic guitar are all thrown into the mix), Animal is a hugely entertaining and evocative set. This digital edition includes a clutch of bonus tracks, including the deep tropical pop of "Mamaha (Energy Song)", and the dubstep-influenced bliss of "Song For Jo".